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List of Famous Executioners

List of famous executioners, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top executioners in the world? This includes the most prominent executioners, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable executioners is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic executioners were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned executioners.

These people, like Erich Mielke and Albert Pierrepoint include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known executioners to the lesser known executioners of today, these are some of the best professionals in the executioner field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous executioners ever?" and "What are the names of famous executioners?" then you're in the right place. (59 items)

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    Erich Fritz Emil Mielke was a German secret police official in the service of the Soviet Union and East Germany. A member of the Communist Party of Germany, Mielke was one of two triggermen in the 1931 murders of Berlin Police Captains Paul Anlauf and Franz Lenck. Mielke escaped prosecution by fleeing ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 93 (1907-2000)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Politician, Police officer, Executioner
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    Harry Bernard Allen was one of Britain's last official executioners, officiating between 1941 and 1964. He was chief executioner at 29 executions and acted as assistant executioner at 53 others at prisons in London, Manchester and Leeds. He was for 14 years an assistant executioner, mostly to Albert ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 81 (1911-1992)
    • Birthplace: Denaby Main, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Executioner, Bus driver
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    Thomas Pierrepoint

    Thomas William Pierrepoint was one of the United Kingdom's executioners from 1906 until 1946. He was the brother of Henry and uncle of Albert. He was born in Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire, the second child and eldest son of Thomas and Mary Pierrepoint. He worked as a hangman for 39 years until his ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 84 (1870-1954)
    • Birthplace: Sutton Bonington, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Giovanni Battista Bugatti was the official executioner for the Papal States from 1796 to 1865. He was the longest-serving executioner in the States and was nicknamed Mastro Titta, a Roman corruption of maestro di giustizia, or master of justice. At the age of 85, he was retired by Pope Pius IX with a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 90 (1779-1869)
    • Birthplace: Senigallia, Italy
    • Profession: Executioner
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    John Ellis

    John Ellis was a Rochdale hairdresser and newsagent who served as one of the United Kingdom's executioners for 23 years, from 1901 to 1924. Born in the Balderstone district of Rochdale on 4 October 1874, he first worked in a series of jobs as a casual labourer in and around Manchester before getting a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 58 (1874-1932)
    • Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Robert Baxter

    Robert Orridge Baxter was an English executioner from Hertfordshire. His career lasted from 1915 to 1935, during which he carried out 44 hangings and assisted at 53 others. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 83 (1878-1961)
    • Birthplace: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Executioner
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    John Billington

    John Billington was an English executioner. He was on the Home Office list from 1901 to 1905. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 25 (1880-1905)
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Theodor Seistrup was the the second-to-last executioner and the last actively to do executions for the Government of Denmark. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Slagelse, Denmark
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Stephen Wade was one of England's executioners from 1940 until 1955. He assisted Tom and Albert Pierrepoint on 31 occasions and also carried out 28 executions as head executioner. His first assignment was on 31 October 1942, assisting Albert Pierrepoint at the execution of Antonio Mancini at HMP ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 69 (1887-1956)
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Paskah Rose, also known as Pascha Rose, was an English executioner briefly during 1686, successor to Jack Ketch. Rose was a butcher by trade. He had been Ketch's assistant during the period of the Bloody Assizes. When Ketch was imprisoned for "affronting" a London sheriff, Rose was appointed in his ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Executioner
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    Vasily Mikhailovich Blokhin was a Soviet Russian Major-General who served as the chief executioner of the Stalinist NKVD under the administrations of Genrikh Yagoda, Nikolai Yezhov and Lavrentiy Beria, who after their respective falls from power were executed later by Blokhin himself. Hand-picked for ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 60 (1895-1955)
    • Birthplace: Vladimir Oblast, Russia
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Thomas Billington

    Thomas Billington was an English executioner from 1897 to 1901 and was one of four family members who worked as hangmen for England. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 30 (1872-1902)
    • Birthplace: Bolton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Johann Reichhart

    Johann Reichhart was a German executioner. He kept detailed records of his work, which amounted to 3,165 executions. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 79 (1893-1972)
    • Birthplace: Germany
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Charles-Henri Sanson

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    Charles-Henri Sanson, full title Chevalier Charles-Henri Sanson de Longval was the Royal Executioner of France during the reign of King Louis XVI and High Executioner of the First French Republic. He administered capital punishment in the city of Paris for over forty years, and by his own hand executed ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 67 (1739-1806)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Yakov Mikhailovich Yurovsky was an Old Bolshevik best known as the chief executioner of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, his family, and four retainers on the night of 16/17 July 1918. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 60 (1878-1938)
    • Birthplace: Tomsk, Russia
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Henry Pierrepoint

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    Henry Albert Pierrepoint was one of the United Kingdom's executioners from 1901 until 1910. He was the father of Albert and brother of Thomas. Pierrepoint was born in Normanton on Soar, Nottinghamshire, the fourth child and second son of Thomas and Mary Pierrepoint. By 1891, he and his family had moved ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 44 (1878-1922)
    • Birthplace: Normanton on Soar, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Executioner
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    James Berry

    James Berry was an English executioner from 1884 until 1891. Berry was born in Heckmondwike in the West Riding of Yorkshire, where his father worked as a wool-stapler. His most important contribution to the science of hanging was his refinement of the long drop method developed by William Marwood, whom ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 61 (1852-1913)
    • Birthplace: Heckmondwike, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Executioner
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    André Obrecht was the official executioner of France from 1951 until 1976. Born in Paris on August 9, 1899, Obrecht was the nephew of the chief executioner Anatole Deibler. He learned of his uncle's job at ten, when a series of postcards depicting an execution were published in September 1909. Following ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1899-1985)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Jules-Henri Desfourneaux

    Jules-Henri Desfourneaux was the last French executioner to officiate in public. He came from a long line of executioners named Desfourneaux stretching back many hundreds of years. Like all French executioners since 1792 his method of application of the death penalty was beheading by ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1877-1951)
    • Birthplace: Bar-le-Duc, France
    • Profession: Executioner
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    Albert Gustaf Dalman, was a Swedish executioner. He was the last executioner to carry out capital punishment in Sweden. After a military career, Dahlman was selected for the position of executioner for the capital Stockholm from 200 applicants on 5 August 1885. From 1887 he was the sole executioner in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 72 (1848-1920)
    • Profession: Executioner
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